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Norway Chess 2013 (8)

Karjakin still leads in Norway after loss to Svidler due to Carlsen losing to Wang in Round 8

Magnus Carlsen lost for the first time to Wang Hao since their junior days. Photo © Norway Chess.

Magnus Carlsen lost for the first time to Wang Hao since their junior days. Photo © Norway Chess. |

The 8th Round of the Norway Chess tournament saw four decisive games and rather surprisingly the top two players Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen were both defeated.

Peter Svidler has had a frustrating event with many of his openings going wrong. Today he played a Ruy Lopez Berlin line he discovered at the last minute black could equalise against with 9...d5. This move was indeed played by Karjakin but he probably went wrong with 11...Nxd2? Svidler found a really interesting idea with 14.a4!? sacrificing a pawn and soon had a nearly winning attack before playing 20.Qh5? instead of 20.Qg4! The game then became a fluctuating struggle with mutual errors until close to the end with Karjakin's errors with 47...Rc3?! and 48...a3? after which Svidler won.

Magnus Carlsen was having his own problems against Wang Hao. He got little or nothing from the opening and his 24.Nd6 brought about extremely sharp play which Wang Hao is no worse at playing. Wang had attacking ideas with his queen and rook down the queenside which Carlsen felt he had to avoid and in doing so he lost a pawn (although 31.Rb1 heading for the draw was a much better idea). Wang felt the ending was drawish but made a very good job of applying the pressure. Carlsen assesed a couple of long lines incorrectly (52.f4 should lead to a forced draw but Carlsen was worried about something and 64.Kg2 which more or less leads by force to the loss, Carlsen missed 79...g3+). This is Wang Hao's first win against Carlsen for a decade.

Hikaru Nakamura won a sharp battle against Teimour Radjabov. Radjabov is in desperate straits with his bad form and losing runs. Today Radjabov was down to 2 minutes after 20 odd moves but for a while this helped him defend his bad position but in the end 38...Bxc4? just lost the game for him which happens when your form is bad.

Viswanathan Anand probably felt he had to beat Jon Ludvig Hammer today and he played extremely sharply and probably somewhat unsoundly against his Gruenfeld. However in spite of playing well for some time Hammer went wrong with 20...Rd8? and after 21.Nxf7! and Anand made no mistake.

Veselin Topalov came up with a tiny improvement 21.Be3 against Levon Aronian over the game Grischuk-Leko which was already an endgame. Aronian sacrificed a pawn for active and more than sufficient play.

The players seem mostly very tired I'm expecting quite a lot of decisive chess in the final round.

Round 8 Standings: Karjakin 5.5pts, Carlsen, Anand 5pts, Svidler, Nakamura, Aronian 4.5pts, Wang, Topalov 3.5pts, Radjabov 2.5pts, Hammer 1.5pts

Final Round 9 Pairings: 11am BST Aronian-Carlsen, Wang-Anand, Hammer-Nakamura, Radjabov-Svidler, Karjakin-Topalov.

Svidler,Peter (2747) - Karjakin,Sergey (2786) [C65]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (8.3), 17.05.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.h3 Ne7 8.d4 Bb6 9.Re1 d5

[9...Ng6 10.Nbd2 c6 11.Ba4 Bc7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Nf1 d5 14.exd5 exd4 15.dxc6 dxc3 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.bxc3 bxc6 18.Bg5 Ba5 19.Re3 Bb6 20.Ree1 Ba5 21.Re3 Bb6 22.Ree1 1/2-1/2 Hamdouchi,H (2589)-Feller,S (2576)/Nimes FRA 2009/The Week in Chess 771]

10.Nxe5 Nxe4 11.Nd2 Nxd2?

Sergey Karjakin


Peter Svidler

Position after 11...Nxd2


12.Bxd2 f6 13.Nd3 Bd7 14.a4!? c6 15.a5 Bxa5


16.Nc5 Bc8 17.Bd3 Bb6


18.Ne6 Bxe6 19.Rxe6 Ng6

Sergey Karjakin


Peter Svidler

Position after 19...Ng6

White is most probably winning.


"I need a different brain." - Svidler who couldn't explain why he chose this inferior continuation that allows black to simplify and solve many of his problems.

[20.Qg4! Rf7 21.Bxg6 hxg6 22.Qxg6 Qd7 23.Rae1 Raf8 24.Bf4 Bc7 25.Bxc7 Qxc7 26.Qf5 Qd7 27.g4 and white will find a way to win according to Svidler.]


Svidler said he had to use breathing exercises here just to continue the game so annoyed was he about his error. He thinks black may even be better.

21.Rae1 Rxe6 22.Rxe6 Nf8 23.Re3 Bc7 24.g3 b5 25.h4 Bd6 26.b3

Sergey Karjakin


Peter Svidler

Position after 26.b3

This is a double edged decision from Svidler.

26...a5 27.c4 bxc4 28.bxc4 Bb4!

Overlooked by Svidler.

29.Bc1 a4 30.Bb1

Svidler said he thought he was lucky to have this move.



31.cxd5 Bd6

[31...Bd2 was probably Karjakin's intention but it doesn't work. 32.Bxh7+! Nxh7 33.Re7 Kh8 34.Re8+ Rxe8 35.Qxe8+ Nf8 36.Qxf8+ Kh7 37.Bxd2 Qb1+ 38.Kh2 Qf5 39.Bf4]

32.Ba2 c5 33.Re7 Kh8 34.Rf7 Kg8 35.Re7 Kh8 36.Qf7 Bxe7 37.d6 Ng6 38.dxe7 Nxe7 39.Qxe7 cxd4 40.Qe4 Rc8 41.Bf4 Rd8 42.Qe7 Rc8 43.Qe4 Rd8 44.Qe7 Rc8 45.h5 Qd8 46.Qb7 h6 47.Be6 Rc3?!

[47...Rc2 is maybe about equal.]

48.Qf7 a3?

Sergey Karjakin


Peter Svidler

Position after 28...a3?

Now Svidler is winning and he doesn't let go.


49.Bd6 Qa8 50.Bd5 a2 51.Bxa8 a1Q+ 52.Kh2 Qe1 53.Kh3 Rc8 54.Bf8 Rxf8 55.Qxf8+ Kh7 56.Bd5 Qf1+ 57.Kh4 1-0

Carlsen,Magnus (2872) - Wang Hao (2743) [A30]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (8.4), 17.05.2013

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.d3 d6 5.a3 a5 6.g3

[6.e3 f5 7.d4 e4 8.d5 exf3 9.dxc6 bxc6 10.Qxf3 Ne7 11.e4 fxe4 12.Qxe4 Bf5 13.Qe2 Qd7 14.Bf4 0-0-0 15.Na4 Qc7 16.g4 Bd7 17.0-0-0 Ng6 18.Be3 Re8 19.h3 h5 20.gxh5 Nh4 21.Qd3 Bf5 22.Qb3 Qb7 23.Qc3 Qc7 24.h6 Be4 25.Rg1 Nf5 26.Bf4 Nd4 27.Rxd4 cxd4 28.Qxd4 Rxh6 29.Bxh6 gxh6 30.Nc3 Qf7 31.Qd2 Bh7 32.Be2 h5 33.f4 Bh6 34.Rf1 Rf8 35.Bd3 Bf5 36.Kb1 Qxc4 37.Bxf5+ Rxf5 38.Re1 Bxf4 39.Qc2 Re5 40.Rd1 Qe6 41.Qa4 Qf5+ 42.Ka1 Kd7 43.Rf1 Qf7 44.Qd4 Rf5 45.Qa7+ Ke6 46.Qa8 Bd2 47.Qc8+ Ke5 48.Rxf5+ Qxf5 49.Qxc6 Bxc3 50.Qxc3+ Kf4 51.b4 axb4 1/2-1/2 Nielsen,P (2578)-Avrukh,B (2625)/Istanbul TUR 2000]

6...Nge7 7.Bg2 g6 8.Bg5 Bg7 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Nd2 Be6 12.Rb1 Rfc8 13.Nd5 Qd8 14.b4 axb4 15.axb4 Bxd5 16.Bxd5 cxb4 17.Ne4 Rc7 18.Qd2 Kh8 19.Ra1 Rb8 20.Rfb1 h6 21.Bxc6 bxc6 22.Rxb4 d5 23.Rxb8 Qxb8 24.Nd6 e4 25.Ra6 exd3 26.exd3

[26.c5 Ra7 27.Rxc6 Ra1+ 28.Kg2 Qb1 which Wang didn't know what was going on.]

26...Kh7 27.Kg2


27...dxc4 28.dxc4


28...Rd7 29.c5

[29.Rxc6 Bf8 30.c5 Qa8 31.Qd5 Rc7]

29...Bf8 30.Rb6 Qc7

Wang Hao


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 30...Qc7

[30...Qd8 31.Rb3]


[31.Rb1 and the game will end in a draw very soon.]


Still nothing special but white is in some trouble because he loses his pawn.

32.Rc3 Bxd6 33.cxd6 Qa5 34.h4 Rxd6 35.Qe3 Qd5+

[35...h5 36.Qc5]

36.Qf3 h5 37.Qxd5 cxd5 38.Kf3 Kg7 39.Rc7 Kf6 40.Ke3 Ra6 41.Rd7 Ke6 42.Rb7 Ra3+ 43.Kf4 Ra4+ 44.Ke3 Re4+

Wang Hao


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 44...Re4+

Completely drawn according to Wang Hao.

45.Kd3 Re1 46.Rb6+ Kf5 47.Rb7 f6 48.Rd7

Wang Hao thought cutting the white king off from the kingside was important to retain any winning chances.

48...Re5 49.f3 Ke6 50.Rg7 g5 51.Rh7 g4 52.fxg4

[52.f4 Re1 53.Rxh5 Rg1 54.Kd4 Ra1 was the line Carlsen was afraid of. 55.Rh8 Ra3 56.Re8+ Kf5 57.Re3 was what Carlsen missed.]

52...hxg4 53.Rg7 f5 54.Rg6+ Kf7 55.Ra6 Re1 56.Kd2

[56.Kd4 f4 57.gxf4 g3 58.Ra2 Re4+ 59.Kxd5 (59.Kd3 Kf6 60.Rg2 Ra4 61.Ke2 Ra3) 59...Rxf4 60.Rg2 Rg4 wins for black.]

56...Rg1 57.Ra3 Rg2+ 58.Ke1 Kf6 59.Kf1 Rc2 60.Ra6+ Ke5 61.h5 Rh2 62.h6 d4 63.Kg1 Rh3 64.Kg2?

Wang Hao


Magnus Carlsen

Position after 64.Kg2?

This is the final blunder but it's about a calculation mistake at the end.


64...d3 65.Ra5+ Kd4 66.Ra4+ Kc3 67.Ra6 d2 68.Rc6+ Kd3 69.Rd6+ Kc2 70.Rc6+ Kd1 71.Rd6 f4 72.gxf4 Ke2 73.Re6+ Re3 74.Rxe3+ Kxe3 75.h7 d1Q 76.h8Q Qf3+ 77.Kg1 Qf2+ 78.Kh1 Qf1+ 79.Kh2 g3+

Missed by Carlsen. "This is very luckyQ - Wang Hao.


Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (NOR), 8-18 v 2013 cat. XXI (2766)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2767 * 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 . 1 1 2904
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2868 1 * ½ ½ ½ . 0 ½ 1 1 5 2842
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ . 1 1 1 5 2862
4. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2769 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ . 1 2811
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 0 ½ 1 ½ * 0 1 ½ 1 . 2828
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813 0 . ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 1 2790
7. Wang, Hao g CHN 2743 0 1 . 1 0 ½ * ½ ½ 0 2724
8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2793 . ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 2720
9. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2745 0 0 0 . 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 2627
10. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2608 0 0 0 0 . 0 1 ½ 0 * 2534
Round 8 (May 17, 2013)
Carlsen, Magnus - Wang, Hao 0-1 79 A30 English Symmetrical
Anand, Viswanathan - Hammer, Jon Ludvig 1-0 45 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Svidler, Peter - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 57 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 41 B32 Sicilian Labourdonnais
Topalov, Veselin - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 41 E53 Nimzo Indian

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